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30 day itinerary Warsaw to Vienna

I am new here and planning a trip in October. I will arrive in Warsaw on 10 /1 and fly home out of Vienna on 11/1. I enjoy historical destinations including tours and museums along with outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking. I will be traveling alone and moving fairly quickly, but I want to make sure that I have enough time in each destination to get a feel for the city. I could return to cities that I feel deserve more time at later date with my wife at a slower pace. This is my preliminary itinerary:

  • Warsaw 10/1 - 10/5
  • Krakow 10/5 - 10/9
  • Zakopane 10/9 - 10/12
  • Kosice 10/12 - 10/14
  • Budapest 10/14 - 10/18
  • Maribor 10/18 - 10/20
  • 10/20 Ljubljana (car rental drive to Bled)
  • Bled 10/20 - 10/24
  • Ljubljana 10/24 - 10/28
  • Vienna 10/28 - 11/1 (fly home)

I plan on traveling with a combination of trains and busses except for the 1 car rental.
I am curious about Kosice and Maribor. Are they worth visiting for 2 nights each or should I use those nights to expand my time in other cities?
Thanks in advance for any advice.

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toney travel 39th,
I am unfamiliar with Poiland and Hungary, but I do know rthat Vienna is often shortchanged. It is a beautiful city with lots to see and do, plus the surrounding area is worth exploring. And, of course, there is Salzburg! You have given it only two full days.Maybe you could readjust your times to give it more time?

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I like Ljubljana a lot, but it is rather small, and you will already have had an opportunity to see Lake Bled, which is a popular side trip for folks staying in Ljubljana. Budapest is much, much larger. I'd shift a day from Ljubljana to Budapest.

The way you've listed your itinerary, with each travel day attached to both the origin and destination cities, is potentially confusing to reviewers. For example, at a casual glance, it appears you have 5 nights and 4 full days in Budapest, but you do not. In reality, those travel days may not provide much actual sightseeing time in either city by the time you deal with packing up, checking out, traveling to the new destination, finding and checking into your new hotel and getting oriented in the new city.

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should I use those nights to expand my time in other cities

Your itinerary feels much like a "sampler" itinerary that I planned several years ago. My 4 night stays in the larger cities (and 2 nights in smaller) were a perfect way for me to get a feel for which of the larger cities I might like to revisit. And I've done that in the subsequent years, tying them into other trips.

So my thought is that you have a nice tempo to sample a variety of places. You can give more time to them when you come back to the ones you like. If you're lucky, you may like them all and you'll spend the next years working them into future travels!

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8 days in Bled and Ljubljana seems too many. Lake Bled is very small and Ljubljana is a small city. Personally, I would add one night to each Warsaw, Budapest, and Vienna.

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Thanks for the advice. I was worried about losing time in transit between cities. I tried to route them in a way that cuts down on this, which is why I added short stops in Kosice and Maribor. I also will pack light and travel early in the morning in hopes of gaining some time in each city.
In Bled, I plan on doing alot of hiking in the national park. (forget the name) I also wanted some time just to drive around and explore. I will probably spend most of my time hiking which is why I scheduled a few extra days in Ljubljana. I'm in my fifties and will probably need a day or two of down time before heading to Vienna. Ljubljana being rather small seemed like a good place for this.
Does anyone have an opinion on Kosice and Maribor? Should I move some of those nights to other cities?
Thanks again for the advice.

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To be honest, I am not thrilled with this tour. The stretch to Slovenia is a bit of a ...... but if it works for you thats all that matters. I commented on time at each stop, but not on the flow of the trip.

Warsaw 10/1 - 10/5 - I dont know Warsaw so can not comment on this. But for day trips out of Warsaw you may want more time
Krakow 10/5 - 10/9 - Probably about right to right on the long side
Zakopane 10/9 - 10/12 - Do ou have something planned for here? If not then its an overnight stop. If you do want to plan something then the fly fishing in the region is pretty darn good
Kosice 10/12 - 10/14 - again, for me it would be an over night stop, two nights possibly tops
Budapest 10/14 - 10/18 - 5 or 6 nights is sort of optimum. But even two is worth it to see what I think is the most beautiful and interesting capital city in Europe (I might be a tad biased)
Maribor 10/18 - 10/20 - Again, for me it would be an overnight uniless you have some plans? Wine maybe?
10/20 Ljubljana (car rental drive to Bled)
Bled 10/20 - 10/24 - never been there but seems long based on reports
Ljubljana 10/24 - 10/28 - never been there but .......
Vienna 10/28 - 11/1 (fly home) - I am not a big Vienna fan, but many are and you never know what camp you fall into until you try. I would say add a night or two and do some day trips.

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Hi there! Your trip sounds fantastic—you're covering a lot of amazing places with a great mix of history and outdoor activities. Here's some feedback on your itinerary:

Firstly, Warsaw to Vienna with all those stops sounds like an adventure! For Warsaw, four days should give you a good feel for the city. Make sure to visit the Old Town, the Warsaw Uprising Museum, and Lazienki Park.

Moving to Krakow, it's rich in history and culture, with must-sees like Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarter, and a day trip to Auschwitz. Four days there sounds perfect.

Zakopane is beautiful, especially if you enjoy hiking. Three days will give you enough time to explore the Tatra Mountains and enjoy the fresh air.

Now, about Kosice and Maribor. Kosice is a charming town with a well-preserved historical center, but if you’re on the fence about it, two days might be a bit much. The same goes for Maribor, which is lovely but might not offer as much compared to other places on your list. If you're looking to optimize your time, you might consider spending an extra day in Budapest or Ljubljana instead, both of which have so much to offer.

Budapest definitely deserves four days—it's full of history, thermal baths, and vibrant city life. Maribor for two days is nice, especially if you enjoy wine, but you could potentially cut it short.

Ljubljana and Bled are both stunning, and splitting your time between them as you planned works well. Bled’s lake is breathtaking, and Ljubljana is such a charming city with a relaxed vibe.

Finally, Vienna is a grand city with a lot to see. Four days there will allow you to explore its palaces, museums, and maybe even catch a concert.

Overall, your plan looks solid, but if you feel Kosice and Maribor might not be as engaging, reallocating those days to places like Budapest or Ljubljana could be a good idea. Enjoy your trip—sounds like it's going to be an incredible journey! If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. Safe travels!